The IDB, a partner of Colombia in development

March 17, 2009
Since the mid-1990s the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the leading source of multilateral financing for Colombia. Over the last 50 years, the IDB has approved more than US$14.8 billion in loans and non-refundable technical cooperation projects for Colombia. Throughout its history, the IDB has supported the Colombian government and private sector in key development areas such as infrastructure, state modernization and reform, small and medium enterprise, agriculture, energy, climate change and environmental protection.

Latin America and the Caribbean prepare for a pandemic

July 10, 2006
Worldwide, more than half the people who have contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus strain have died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization’s official tally. Just in 2006, 55 of the 85 people who contracted the disease died from it.  

Measuring the opposite of corruption

January 26, 2006
In many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, corruption is reluctantly accepted as part of the political workings of government, as an inevitable occurrence among those in power. However while everyone is well aware of its pervasiveness, the extent of corruption remains difficult to measure accurately, for it is hard to gauge what cannot be seen.

Not quite equal under the law

January 01, 2005
By Charo Quesada On paper, Latin America is almost a model of equitable and gender-neutral justice. Nearly all governments in the region have signed and ratified international agreements guaranteeing access to the courts and equality under the law, regardless of sex.

Indigenous governance

April 15, 2004
“Colombia has drafted and implemented the most proactive legislation for the protection of indigenous peoples of any country in Latin America,” said Anne Deruyterre, chief of the IDB's Indigenous Peoples and Community Development Division, at a meeting on indigenous governance held recently in Washington. In 1991, Colombia became a pioneer in the region when it incorporated into its national Constitution basic rights for indigenous peoples.

Budgeting with community participation

December 02, 2003
The city of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil over 10 years ago began an innovative experiment that gave community input a crucial role in municipal management. First tried in 1989, “participatory budgeting” gained popularity and was eventually adopted by almost 180 Brazilian municipalities and several other Latin American countries.